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      10-03-2013, 09:14 AM   #1
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Post 2016 M4 Lightweight Model Rumored for BMW's 100th Birthday

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The M4 will not hit dealers until next Summer, but the rumor mill is already churning for a lightweight track model.

Carsales claims BMW M sources have hinted at a lightweight track focused M4 coming in 2016 as part of the celebrations for BMW's 100th birthday.

Taking after the E92 M3 GTS, the lightweight M4 is rumored to feature two seats only, more power, less weight (target below 1400 kg / 3086 lb) and manual transmission only.

BMW M will attempt to achieve this weight by expanding the use of carbon fiber from the current areas (roof, trunk, drive shaft, strut brace) to include the hood and front wings, while also switching the steel doors to aluminum construction. Of course, the interior will also see weight reduction by way of rear seats removal and use of non-electronic carbon fiber race seats.

Whether North America would receive such a model remains to be seen. The E92 M3 GTS did not make it here for homologation reasons.

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      10-03-2013, 09:18 AM   #2
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That sounds awesome Jason! A definite winner and a great way for M to celebrate their heritage.
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Should we expect it to cost as much as the M3 GTS
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      10-03-2013, 09:38 AM   #4
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Should we expect it to cost as much as the M3 GTS
Probably more. It's a newer model after all...
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      10-03-2013, 09:58 AM   #6
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Something else I doubt us Americans will get. Sick none the less.
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MT-only sounds highly suspect given the direction the industry is going for cars of this ilk.

An E92 M3 GTS follow-up seems like a safe bet though.
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Probably more. It's a newer model after all...
We may not even get it...
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that's all well and good, but some of these things are a no-brainer. why is it that the new M3/4 doesn't already use aluminum doors? carbon fiber is great and all, but I think there are much more cost-effective weight savings available from greater use of aluminum.

in any case, I sure as hell hope they bring this car across the pond.
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Nice, except for the potential $140K price tag that would go a long with it. It would be hard not to think about a 991 GT3 at those type of prices even for a BMW fan.
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